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Man United explain transfer process after Murtough and Fletcher appointments

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will continue to have the final say on transfers at Manchester United after the appointment of John Murtough as football director.

Murtough has been at the club since the brief era of David Moyes, but his ascension to his new role this week came after impressive work throughout the structure of the club, particularly with the women’s team and in the academy.

The 47-year-old’s brief will include looking at recruitment, but Solskjaer said the final call on every deal will be his.

The Norwegian’s record in the transfer market has been relatively convincing at United, with Bruno Fernandes the biggest success. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire are also regulars in the first-team, while Daniel James has been a reliable squad player.

Of the deals concluded last summer, Edinson Cavani has been a good short-term addition, but Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek have struggled to make an impact in a difficult season.

But Solskjaer will continue to lead the way when it comes to transfers and identifying the type of player he wants for his style of play at Old Trafford.

“I think the managers at Manchester United have always had the last say (on transfers). The club would never buy a player that the manager of Man United didn’t want,” he said.

“We do have a process. We’ve got the scouting and then the analysis, but it is always about the manager’s remit.

“All the players who have come in have been identified by every one of us.”

While Solskjaer has build a good working relationship with Murtough, he has known Darren Fletcher, appointed technical director this week, from his playing days at the club.

He had a say in those appointments and is looking forward to a working relationship with both men.

“I was consulted. It wasn’t my decision, but I was very supportive of it,” he said.

“I have worked very well with John. He is very easy to communicate with. He knows what I want because we speak freely.

“With Darren coming in as well that gives us another angle. But John’s knowledge has been really good for me to rely on.”

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